Mission to Zambia funded by curiosity shop

JPCT 250612 Gerry Slessenger selling his historic items. Photo by derek martin
JPCT 250612 Gerry Slessenger selling his historic items. Photo by derek martin
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After spending a lifetime collecting items for his own museum a Horsham man is selling off 3,000 pieces in the Bishopric before embarking on mission work in Zambia.

Gerry Slessenger, from Haybarn Drive, who moved to Horsham to be closer to his parents, originally planned to open his own museum with artefacts from 1850-1970, as he teaches the International Curriculum for an American corporation.

Also an amateur military historian, he wanted children to be able to handle objects from the period they were studying.

He explained: “History can be seen as a very bland subject, so I wanted to get children involved with living artefacts.”

But now he is selling the items to fund his latest adventure, studying at theological college before heading to Zambia.

He said: “I thought I would be more sad than I am to see them go. I guess I’m being practical as I can’t take it all with me.

“It’s been amazing opening up boxes and seeing stuff I collected all those years ago.”

The exhibition is called Times Past, and could be open until November at Chloe’s in the Bishopric in Horsham.

The shop is open Tuesday-Friday 10-2pm and Saturday 10-3pm.